Our Year of Wellbeing - 25 July 2019

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Issue 13 - 25 July 2019

Let the games begin!

Coventry to host thousands of athletes in the 2019 European Corporate Games

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Thousands of amateur athletes will descend on the city of Coventry next week in this year’s European Corporate Games, the world's largest multi-sports festival.  

With 23 sports to choose from, whether it be basketball, swimming, table tennis or tenpin bowling, there is something for everyone and every size and kind of organisation.

Approximately 200 employees from across Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council will be taking part in events across the three days from 2 to 4 August, with many being held at The University of Warwick, as well as others including Coventry's Xcel Leisure Centre and along the River Avon in Stratford.  

You can read more about the games and view the official programme here.

Cycle to work day

On your bike for Cycle to Work Day!

Cycle to work day (CTWD) returns on the 8th of August and is a great way to squeeze some exercise into your day!

Whether you're a novice cyclist just starting out, or someone who cycles everywhere, CTWD is the perfect way for everyone to get that little bit of fitness on their commute.

There are many benefits of choosing to cycle to work over driving or using public transport, both for your physical and mental health, and also for the environment, helping to reduce pollution levels.

With this summer looking like a sunny one, it’s a great way to get outside and enjoy the warm weather, plus, you never know, you could catch the cycling bug and this could become the start of a great new habit.

If you need help planning your journey on two wheels, use the Coventry and Warwickshire active travel site to help you find the best route.

Our latest blogger, Alison, is a shining example of how building regular exercise into your daily life, such as cycling, can lead to a healthier mind and body. Read Alison's story here.

Happy Cycling!

News in Brief

Sands FC and By Your Side Football match

By Your Side football team make their debut

Sands FC played a By Your Side football team this week, to help raise awareness of mums' mental health.

Read more and hear from organiser, Leanne Howlett, here.

It's just their latest community event after a tremendous turnout for their By Your Side walk at Ryton Pools in May.  

Cllr Lapsa

Have you kept your Year of Wellbeing pledge? Councillor Lapsa has!

Have you made a pledge yet for the 2019 Year of Wellbeing? Coventry Councillor, Marcus Lapsa,  made his in December - to lose 3 stone by the end of June - and he's only a couple of pounds away from achieving it! Read how Cllr Lapsa has managed to stick to his plan in Coventry's 'Year so far' newsletter.

Don't forget to share your pledges and how you're doing with us on social media using #onething and  #LetsDoThisTogetherCW. You can also tag us @YearofW.

Health and Wellbeing Awards 2019

Coventry Health and Wellbeing Award winners named!

Coventry has recognised the people and services contributing to improved wellbeing across the city with it's first ever Health and Wellbeing Awards.

A total of 22 awards, presented by the Lord Mayor, were given out at the event, held at St Mary's Guildhall on 8 July. 

A full list of all of the award winners and Health Heroes can be found here.

Godiva Festival 2019

Godiva Festival in the Year of Wellbeing

Godiva Festival was a busy event as usual and the Year of Wellbeing stall was there to help bring the Year to more people.

You can see all the action captured on camera in the photo library here.

Sports Fest 2019

Sports takeover Coventry's Broadgate

There will be a host of sporting activities to sample for free in the city centre, Broadgate, in August.

Coventry Sports Festival (13-22 August) promises to be bigger and better than ever with a huge range of physical and wellbeing activities for all ages and abilities on offer.

Read more here

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The story so far....

Take a look at our round up of what's happened so far during the Year, as well as some of the key activities we'll be focusing on over the coming months in 'The Year so far newsletter'.   

Coventry City Council's Citivision magazine also featured the Year in their summer 2019 edition. 

The Year of Wellbeing is organised by the Coventry and Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Boards which include representation from all of the NHS organisations in our area, together with Healthwatch, local councils, the police and the fire service. The aim of the year is to share resources to support stronger, healthier communities, and to promote the important of taking action to improve health and wellbeing.  

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